Glow adds fertility tracking for men to app

By Aditi Pai
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Glow for men has announced that its fertility tracking app will now help men track and troubleshoot their fertility as well. Previously, women could add a partner account to their app for a man, but this account just helped the man support the woman who was tracking her fertility.

In the new update, a man can log his daily activities and enter lifestyle information into the app. Glow will then use this data to offer men personalized insights to help them improve their fertility and understand their reproductive health.

“Unfortunately fertility struggles aren’t always considered a couple’s issue, even though male infertility accounts for about 40 percent of cases,” Glow CEO Mike Huang said in a statement. “We’re excited to offer important insights and education to both men and women to help them conceive.” 

Some of the health measures that Glow tracks for men include sperm health, emotional, and fertility.

Glow's fertility tracking app was initially designed for women who want to get pregnant, but expanded soon after to include women who are not trying to conceive, but want to track their periods. Based on the option a woman selects in the app, she can track her fertility cycle, view trends, and receive notifications aimed at helping her live a healthier lifestyle or get pregnant.

In January, the company integrated Walgreens’ Prescription Refill API into its app so that Glow users can refill their birth control prescriptions directly from their Android or iOS app. This refill feature extends to Walgreens subsidiary Duane Reade as well.

Glow also offers another app for women, called Glow Nurture, which helps women track their pregnancy -- the app was launched in July 2014. Recently, the company has added a couple new features to this app. In November 2014, Glow announced that the app would offer postpartum support. With the addition of the postpartum support, Glow’s pregnancy app offers a breastfeeding log as well as insights that Glow aggregated from medical journals and its medical advisory board.

And this year, in February, Glow updated the app with a feature that would help women who have had a miscarriage. The new feature includes curated articles about miscarriage, insights from “trusted sources”, and a daily log. Glow will also offer a forum where Glow Nurture users can speak with and listen to a community of women who had miscarriages and want to share their experiences.

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